Rail Neer plant to come up at Butibori

It is ‘Advantage Vidarbha’. The Rail Neer water bottling plant announced by railway minister P K Bansal in the budget will come up at Butibori near Nagpur. This will be the first such plant by the railway in Central India.

“The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation ( IRCTC) has finally conveyed to us. The water plant will come up near Krishna river in Butibori,” said Brijesh Dixit, divisional railway manager (DRM), Central Railway. The announcement in the budget said bottling plant will come at Nagpur and both Central Railway and South East Central (SECR) staked claim over it.

On Monday, Dixit confirmed that a survey of the area had been done. “The unit will be set up over 5,000 sq metre railway area which has rail and road connectivity,” Dixit said. The plant will generate two lakh litres drinking water per day, he added. Once commissioned, the plant will cater to water requirement of train passengers in the region.

In absence of Rail Neer, other brands stand to gain. Besides, unrecognized brands also make it to the trains nibbling away railway revenue.

Earlier, SECR officials had said the plant may come up in Bhandara or Kalamna. There was also talk of it coming up near Kanhan or Kamptee, which is logistically well placed and availability of water is also better owing to Kanhan river. However, Dixit cleared the confusion. Even Pradeep Kumar, senior divisional commercial manager (SrDCM) with Nagpur division of SECR, told TOI that the water bottling plant will not come under their division.

On the electronics training institute in Nagpur announced in the budget, Dixit said the institute, one of its kind in the Indian Railways, will come on 15 acre land opposite Ajni loco shed. It will need proper planning followed by preparing estimates and designs.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-10/nagpur/38433043_1_srdcm-secr-central-railway

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